Maine

Bee a Friend to Pollinators

  Give them water Bees and other pollinators are hard at work! Did you know? According to Golden Blossom Honey, "In order to produce 1 pound of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited. A hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles to produce a pound of honey. One bee colony can produce 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year. An average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifet...
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Plant Something Weekend

  Celebrate the Season of Growing   June 21st-June 23rd is a special weekend. Maine’s local Independent Garden Centers are gearing up for a statewide push to get families outside and in the dirt with Plant Something Weekend, June 21st-23rd. Kick off the gardening season with the latest and greatest plants, shrubs, and trees, expert advice, and just about everything you need to su...
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Maine Flower Show Premiere Night

Join us for the Premiere! Spring has finally sprung and we are just one week away from the launch of the Maine Flower Show. March 27th, at 6:30 pm, we will kick off the festivities with a very special preview of the display gardens, providing an exclusive first look at the talented participants whose attention-grabbing displays are high points of the show. The awards ceremony features more than...
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Come for the Flowers, Stay for the Seminars!

  Time for Spring Break! We can all agree, we deserve a little break from this winter weather pattern... And that break is coming: The Maine Flower Show will give us the much-needed reprieve we seek from white, cold, snow! While the white stuff may or may not be melting at that point, you will be able to step into a springtime wonderland, filling your nostrils with the damp smell of mul...
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Volunteer at the Maine Flower Show

Time to Sign Up! If you'd like to volunteer for the Maine Flower Show, the time to sign up is now. We've created a new portal that allows you to sign up for the specific tasks and shifts you'd like to work at the show. So please visit this site for all the pertinent details: SignUp Page. Here's what you need to know about this new process: It’s easy! you will NOT need to register an a...
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Celebrate Spring with a Weekend Getaway

Maine Flower Show 2019 Every year the Maine Flower Show creates a new and different experience from years past. This year's theme is "A Walk in Maine." Designs will feature interactive, walkable environments that invite visitors to experience firsthand the sights, sounds, and natural beauty that characterize our great state. For four days following Premiere Night, many of Maine’s masters of sto...
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Keep Your Dollars Local This Season

  Shop Local Plant Something Maine is not just about caring for our natural environment, but also about our social environment, which includes the local economic environment. Check out these stats: "For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.*" Read ...
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The Early Bird Gets the Worm: 2019 Maine Flower Show Tickets!

  Get Your Early Bird Tickets Tickets for the 2019 Maine Flower Show are now on sale, and you can snag the early bird pricing until December 31st, 2018! These will make perfect stocking stuffers for the garden enthusiast in your life. At this one-of-a-kind event you will discover native plants, find out about landscaping exclusively for Maine, and get hands-on advice from experts whose ...
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Time To Finish Those Landscaping Projects

Photo by Terrapin Landscapes   The Time to Plant is Now It may seem that the planting and gardening seasons are quickly drawing to a close. But there is still time to both plan, plant and landscape your property and even enjoy its beauty before the snow flies! Landscaping projects can be put in now and your new plantings will be looking great come spring. Spreading mulch will help you ...
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Plant Something Weekend: June 22nd-24th

Join Us for Planting and More Plant Something Weekend is a celebration of everything our campaign stands for: environmental sustainability, personal health, and vibrant communities. Here in Maine, we’re on a mission to move more, fight common diseases, and incorporate physical activity into our everyday life. Gardening — everything from digging a hole to weeding — is the ideal exercise to g...
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Lemon Queen Sunflowers - Helianthus annuus

Annual

 

Short Description

Beautiful butter yellow flowers blossom mid-summer to frost! Typically grow to more than 5 ft. tall. Expect 70 days to flower.

Growing Guidelines

  1. Around the last frost date, sow seeds directly into the soil.
  2. Plant seeds 1" deep and 6" apart.
  3. Water well after planting.
  4. Apply a 3"-4" layer of mulch to conserve water and keep down weeds.
  5. Thin seedlings to 1 ft. apart to allow 2 to 3 ft. between plants.

Care and Feeding
Plant in full sun. Sunflowers are drought-resistant, but they'll grow better if you water regularly from the time the flowers begin to develop until they're mature. Thriving in most soils, these flowers will become massive if given ample fertility, space and water. Harvest blossoms for continued flowering.

Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.

Calendula Mix-Calendula officinalis

 

Short Description

Fruition has hand-selected this variety to have a brilliant diversity of colors with dozens of gorgeous, petals on each blossom.

Growing Guidelines

Direct sow (recommended)

  1. After the last frost, sow directly outside in the garden.
  2. Plant seed 24 to 36 inches apart in all directions.

Transplant method

  1. A cool-season plant, calendula can be started indoors in flats, under grow lights 6-8 weeks before the last frost for early season flowering.
  2. Seeds germinate in 5-15 days.

Care and Feeding
Plant in full sun to partial shade. Easy to grow and remarkably drought tolerant, calendula also thrives in containers and will readily naturalize when let go to seed.

Transplanting Tips

  1. Purchase a good seed starting soil like Espoma Organic seed starting mix or Coast of Maine.
  2. Use a small greenhouse tray(tray with a clear plastic dome) to germinate your seeds.
  3. When it's time to transplant into the garden, use a fertilizer like Espoma Flower-tone or Espoma Plant-tone.

Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.

Purple Queen Anne's Lace

"Dara" Daucus carota

 

Short Description

Gorgeously laced 3-5" umbels in shades of burgundy, lilac, mauve & white on long, strong stems perfect for cutting, adored by pollinators. Related to our native carrot, Queen Anne's Lace.

Growing Guidelines

Direct sow (recommended)

  1. In early spring, after late frost, sow seeds directly in soil.
  2. Plant 1 seed 1/8" deep and 2" apart.
  3. Expect 2 weeks for germination.
  4. When seedlings are 2-3" tall, thin to 1 plant every 9-12".
  5. Support may be needed if fertility is high or if your garden is windy.

Transplant method

  1. Chill seed at 40 F 1-2 weeks prior to sowing 1/8" deep, 2 seeds per cell 4-5 weeks before planting out.
  2. Expect germination in 1-2 weeks.
  3. When first leaves appear, transplant into larger containers.
  4. Harden off & transplant with 9-12" between plants after last frost.

Care and Feeding
Plant in full sun. Expect 65-75 days to maturity. Dara has an exceptionally long vase life; harvest when 80% of an umbel's flowers are open & no pollen has shed. Enjoy 7-15 heads per plant on swaying 35-50" stalks.

Transplanting Tips

  1. Purchase a good seed starting soil like Espoma Organic seed starting mix or Coast of Maine.
  2. Use a small greenhouse tray(tray with a clear plastic dome) to germinate your seeds.
  3. When it's time to transplant into the garden, use a fertilizer like Espoma Flower-tone or Espoma Plant-tone.
Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.

Marigolds

Annual

Care and Feeding

Transplant Only: Sow 4 weeks before last frost shallowly, 2 seeds per cell and thin to 1, keeping soil surface moist until emergence. Transplant to larger containers when true leaves appear. Harden off and transplant outside when the danger of frost has passed with 12" between plants. Deadhead for blossoms all season.

  • Sowing Date: Indoors before last frost
  • Seed Depth: 1/4 inch
  • Days to Germination: 4-7 days at 75-80°F
  • Days to Maturity: 60
  • Plant spacing after thinning: 12 inches
  • Height: 12 inches

Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.

Organic Mexican Sunflower (Torch Tithonia)

Annual

Care and Feeding
Direct Seed (recommended): After final frost, sow every 8" and thin to one every ~2'. Light required to germ, so barely cover seed. Full sun is best. Any (even poor) soil is suitable. Harvest flowers when 90% open for bouquets.

Transplant: Sow indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost, transplanting after frost with spacing below.
 
  • Sowing Date: After frost; Late May- early June
  • Seed Depth: 1/2 inch
  • Days to Germination: 7-14 days
  • Days to Maturity: 85
  • Plant spacing after thinning: 2 feet
  • Height: 5-7 feet

Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.

Cosmos

Annual

Care and Feeding

Direct Seed (recommended): After last frost, shallowly sow 4 seeds/foot & thin to 1/foot when first true leaves appear. Wider spacing = thicker stronger stems.

Bouquets: harvest when petals first open. Deadhead for blooms all season.

Transplant: Shallowly sow 4 weeks before transplanting after last frost at below spacing. Transplant your cosmos for earlier blooms and more full-size plants per pack; direct sow for blooms throughout the season and simplicity of sowing.

  • Sowing Date: After frost, late May to early June 
  • Seed Depth: 1/4 inch
  • Days to Germination: 7-10
  • Days to Maturity: 65-70
  • Plant spacing after thinning: 18-24 inches
  • Height: 3-4 feet

Need more information or gardening supplies? Contact your local independent garden center.